Exercise and Sports Studies

RMU’s Exercise and Sports Studies Program Prepares Students for a Fitness Career 

Equipping students for a successful career in the health and wellness field, Robert Morris University Illinois offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) through our Exercise and Sports Studies program. The program is designed to prepare students who are looking at fitness degrees or sports science degrees for a professional career in a variety of fitness settings such as private health clubs, corporate fitness, community sports, recreation or as a personal trainer. RMU’s Associate Degree in Exercise and Sports Studies curriculum provides instruction and application of the theoretical components of health and exercise, and principles of fitness training. Coursework includes exercise science, anatomy and exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness assessment and programming and injury prevention.

A Solid Associate Degree With Real-Word Education

Students will participate in applied fitness and sports activities as part of their Exercise and Sports Studies classes. Through experienced-based learning (EbL), students will gain real-world experience through field internships, work with RMU student athletes, service learning projects and volunteer opportunities. With their Associate Degree, students will be able to communicate effectively with clients, athletes and personnel, evaluate health and lifestyle information, and design safe and effective physical activity programs that adhere to all regulations, and procedures within the recognized scope of practice for fitness professionals.

By earning an AAS in Exercise and Sports Studies, students interested in furthering their education with a Bachelor Degree have the opportunity to begin working directly in the field while continuing their coursework. Additionally, the program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and credentials to sit for certifications including those to become certified fitness professionals through the American College of Sports Medicine as a certified personal trainer or group exercise instructor.

Those Looking At Fitness Degrees and Sports Science Degrees Will Find Our AAS Program Ideal 

On-campus facilities are complimented with experiential learning applications, field trips, and real-world experience. Expand your career opportunities with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Health and Wellness or Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Nutrition and Health Science to gain advanced knowledge in fitness training and exercise programming! Many students elect to advance their education with a RMU Master of Science in Human Performance Degree. This Master of Science Degree (MS) creates future leaders in the industry who choose to obtain executive positions in their career.

With the emerging trend of awareness in health and wellness, you can have a successful career, while you improve your own health. Students who graduate with a degree from our Health Studies Program bring skills to a variety of sports, health and wellness jobs including a personal trainer, athletic or health administration, recreation or sport director, fitness instructor/specialist, athletic training assistant and exercise technologist.

  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor/Specialist
  • Strength & Conditioning Specialist/Sports Consultant
  • Exercise Technologist
  • Athletic Training Assistant
  • Human Performance for Various Populations
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Introduction to Athletic Training & Taping
  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Exercise Program Design

RMU prepares you for the following certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor
  • American Heart Association –  First Aid, CPR, AED
97% of Robert Morris University Bachelor Degree Graduates Finish in 4 years or less

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Exercise and Sports Studies

Go Beyond your Expectations

Students have the opportunity to obtain both their bachelor’s and their master’s degrees simultaneously to save time and money through RMU’s dual degree program.

With a culture of business for over 100 years, RMU also offers the Morris Graduate School of Management for students to expand their knowledge with a master’s degree.

Master of Business Administration

  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management/HR Management
  • Management/Finance
  • Accounting
  • Accounting/Finance

Master of Information Systems

  • Business Analytics
  • Information Security
  • Information Systems Management

Master of Management

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Health Care Administration
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Sports Administration

Master of Science

  • Human Performance

Study Abroad Opportunities available up to 4 times a year in locations such as: Italy, Taiwan, and England